Theater: Motown The Musical Is Coming "Home" To Detroit
Broadway In Detroit is thrilled to announce that MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is coming home to the city where it all began. MOTOWN will play Detroit’s Fisher Theatre for a four-week engagement, October 21-November 16, 2014.The hit Broadway musical features music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy. Ticket information, show times and casting will be announced at a later date.
MOTOWN is produced by Tony Award winning producer Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q), Chairman and CEO of SONY Music Entertainment Doug Morris and Motown founder Berry Gordy.
“I am so happy that MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is coming to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, less than a mile down the street from Hitsville, U.S.A.,” said Mr. Gordy. “I feel honored to bring it home – to the people who really know me. This is where it all began. I am incredibly proud of this show and thrilled to share our story with those of you who already know it and, even more, with a new generation of Detroiters.”
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.
Featuring all the classics you love, MOTOWN tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.
MOTOWN’s creative team features choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Blues in the Night) and Warren Adams (Toy Story), scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award nominee ESosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, “Project Runway”), lighting design by Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Once, Sister Act), sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Jekyll and Hyde), hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe (Memphis) and casting by Telsey + Company.
MOTOWN features arrangements and orchestrations by Tony Award nominee Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), who also serves as music supervisor in reproducing the classic “Sound of Young America,” with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award nominee Bryan Crook (“Smash”) and dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).
The Original Broadway Cast Album of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, produced by Ethan Popp for Universal Music Enterprises, was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will be part of the 2014-2015 Broadway In Detroit Subscription Season. Additional shows on the subscription, as well as ticket prices and purchasing information, will be announced at a later date.